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Digital Library of Illinois (OverDrive)

Borrow from more than 3,000 titles from Overdrive’s digital magazine collections.

eRead Illinois

ERead Illinois

Brought to you by the Illinois Secretary of State and using Boundless, the West Chicago Public Library offers patrons thousands of free eBooks and Audiobooks.  All you need is a compatible device and a library card!

Gale Ebooks

A Collection of more than 300 online reference books covering a wide range of subjects such as art, business, health, history, science, religion, and more.
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A suite of resources – available to everyone in Illinois at no charge – that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

New York Times Best Sellers

Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States, sorted by format and genre.

Novelist Plus

Helps you find books that you are interested in reading. Search by subject, title, or genre and find a variety of books as well as suggested readalikes for your favorite authors.
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Spanish and Portuguese eBook Collection

Spanish and Portuguese eBook Collection

A large amount of Spanish and Portuguese content in this collection offers thousands of high-quality e-books assessed by EBSCO Librarians in key areas of study.
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TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.


TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere- all in our world famous TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.